Thanksgiving Speech Therapy Activities | Following Directions | Main Idea and Supporting Details

Thanksgiving is here- are you celebrating in your speech therapy room? I've got some engaging Thanksgiving Speech Therapy activities that I KNOW you'll want to try- because my students have been LOVING these!




Working on following directions? Working on main idea and supporting details? I've got you covered!

Thanksgiving speech therapy ideas


You might have enjoyed my Following Directions with Embedded Concepts Halloween packet. If so, you'll love my Following Directions with Embedded Concepts Thanksgiving packet. If you haven't checked either out- make sure to do so! These cards are such a fun way to target listening skills!



There are 60 cards in my Thanksgiving Following Directions with Embedded Concepts packet which target the following concepts:
-inclusion concepts (all, and, all but one)
-sequence concepts (first, second, middle, last)
-location concepts (top, bottom, between, next to)
-temporal concepts (before, after, then, at the same time)

In addition, there are two activity pages to pair with the cards! I'm working on the Christmas set now!

Next, I created a set of Main Idea Passages with a Thanksgiving theme. After my students enjoyed my Halloween Main Idea Passages so much, I knew I needed to create a set for November, too! Work on main idea and supporting details with this motivating packet. It's perfect for your upper elementary students!



Finally, I want to make sure you didn't miss our Thanksgiving blog hop from a few years ago. This blog hop is full of amazing freebies! Click on the link to join in on the Thanksgiving speech therapy blog hop fun!


Let's talk soon! Make sure you're following my store on TPT so you'll be the first to know about discounted new products!

Halloween Speech Language Therapy Ideas

Speech and Language Therapy 

If you're looking for some Halloween Speech and Language Therapy Ideas, you've come to the right place! I'm excited to share some of my favorite Halloween speech therapy activities and ideas with you. 
Halloween Speech Language Therapy ideas

Halloween Speech Language Therapy Activities 

Whether you're looking for some "easy to create" speech therapy activities, or some "ready to go" Halloween Speech and Language materials- you're in for a treat!


I had a request recently to create a Halloween-themed following directions packet similar to my best-selling Ahoy! Following Directions with Embedded Concepts packet. That exact product idea had literally been on my "to do" list, so I immediately got to work! These cards target following directions with inclusion, sequence, location, and temporal concepts. There are single step and two-step directions. I have so many students working on this goal, I'll probably end up making a Thanksgiving version as well! Stay tuned! :)


If you have upper elementary students working on stating the main idea or details of a passage, you MUST, MUST, MUST check out my Halloween-Theme Main Idea and Details packet. Your students will love reading all of these spooky stories that cover creepy, crawly topics (including Frankenstein, vampires, and witches!). It also includes a fun "main idea web" page for your student to write the main idea and details of the selected passage. Answer keys are included.






If you have students working on creating sentences with conjunctions, this next packet is a must! One buyer left a review that these worksheets kept students engaged. My students certainly have loved these!





Now, I have to share a few other "ideas" with you. Here are some activities we've been doing in my speech room! Make sure you're following me on Instagram (@thepedispeechie), because I am constantly sharing my favorite ideas and activities!

If you use the Expanding Expression Toolkit (copyright Sara L. Smith), try this activity. Read "It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!" (by Laura Numeroff) to your students. Then, describe a pumpkin using the beads. I also created a quick "dough smash mat" in Boardmaker to discuss the emotions of each pumpkin. This is not available in my store, but feel free to recreate the activity!





My students working on conversational turn taking skills have really enjoyed this "Social Skills Tree" game that I created. Laminate the tree so you can write in a new topic. Each time we pulled a "change the topic" leaf, I wrote the new topic we selected on the tree.



We also have had so much fun with this spider web spinner! You can create it using construction paper. Make sure to laminate it so you can easily write in targets. It's fun for articulation, but I used it other ways, too. You could write idioms on the web, or place target flash cards around the web.


I'm pretty pumped about this other spooky-themed idea for connecting sentences/ sentence parts using conjunctions! I bought this skeleton at the Dollar Tree. It's waaaay more fun to have the skeleton hand select the correct answer! Just hang him up on your board (or throw him on a table) and grab some sticky notes. Sticky notes just might be the best invention EVER.


Last but certainly not least- I hope you didn't miss our #slphalloweenhop, which included FREE Halloween themed speech therapy activities! You can grab TONS of great freebies to use by checking out my previous blog post.



Talk soon and don't forget to follow me on TPT for fun and engaging materials!

Free Halloween Speech Therapy Activities

Alright, it's no secret: Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It comes as no surprise, then, that I LOVE incorporating this holiday (whenever possible) into my speech and language therapy sessions. This year, I teamed up with a group of incredible SLP bloggers and TPT authors to create some FREE Halloween Speech Therapy Activities for you. All of the heart/ pumpkin emojis, because these Halloween speech and language activities are AMAZING.

free halloween speech therapy activities


If you follow me on Instagram (@thepedispeechie), tune in for this hop on October 9th, 2017. If you can't, or you're reading this too late and missed it- no worries! I've got everything you need in this blog post.


Free Speech Therapy Story and Song

First, I wrote a story about a Halloween frog. It's actually a song, if you're willing to have a little fun and sing to your students! The words pair perfectly to "Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky".


You can download this free speech and language story here. While you're there, don't forget to follow my TPT store!


Now, here's the exciting part. I told you all about that group of AMAZING SLP bloggers earlier in the post. They created a TON of awesome activities to go along with this story. I would encourage you to leave some love when you download these freebies (because we truly love hearing from you!)- and make sure to follow their stores on TPT, as well!

Halloween Themed Speech Therapy Activities

Speech Wonderland created Sensory Bin Vocabulary Puzzle Mats. I am so, so excited to use these mats with my students. They LOVE sensory bin play, so this is going to be fantastic. 







Sparklle SLP hooked you up with these smash strips. My students love all things dough, and since these strips target objectives such as expanding utterances and sequencing the story, I'll be able to take tons of data for upcoming progress reports. Those are coming up pretty soon... I'd rather not think about that, so... on to the next... 


Speechasaurus is providing you with super cute Articulation Chains! I'm loving how everyone chose a different area to target, because I know we all have mixed therapy groups! These chains target a variety of sounds, so you'll be good to go! Ah-maz-ing.




We aren't done with all of the treats yet!
SLPTalk with Desiree created such a cute packet to target WH -questions. Now I KNOW I have so many students that will benefit from this fun activity! The student will use a clothespin to select the correct answer around the lily pad board. Creative and engaging!


Working on phonemic awareness with your speech and language students? The Speech Owl has got you covered. You MUST check out this incredible packet from her- it targets beginning sounds, ending sounds, and rhyming words! Plus, it's just adorable.




Finally, The Speech Attic created these insanely adorable Basic Concept Mini Books! These low ink mini books are so fun! They cover a variety of concepts. You'll be able to use these during your session, and send some home for even more practice!




We hope you LOVE all of your new treats. Thank you for all of your support!


Lisp Speech Therapy | Articulation Therapy

Articulation Therapy for S

Your student has an interdental lisp- or maybe a lateral lisp- and you're feeling stuck. This feeling is something I came across often in my speech therapy sessions. One day, I decided it was time to do something about it. I wanted to correct those lisps. I'm somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to articulation therapy. I can't help it. I get so, so excited when my students make progress!

lisp speech therapy interdental lisp and lateral lisp remediation

Orofacial Myology

Alright, I took CEU courses. I was trying, y'all. I really, really wanted to help my students out. I tried these straightforward approaches- I sometimes saw results, and sometimes I didn't.

"Hide your tongue," I'd tell my student. Distorted /s/. So not cool.

"Okay, say the word "sun", but say it like this: thun." Well, that did help the airflow (no longer lateralized), so progress was being made! That was seriously helpful, but I wanted a little more structure to my approach.

Google is my friend. One day, I started searching. I don't remember what I typed in. Probably some panicked "someone PLEASE help me correct a lisp" keyword was entered into my google search bar. It worked, because I read about this whole Orofacial Myology thing.

"Is this like a, 'let's blow a cotton ball through a straw with puffed cheeks for no rhyme or reason because I'm attempting oral motor stuff'"?' I asked myself. I was a little skeptical. This is truth, you guys. I'm not trying to sound like some infomercial. I was getting desperate, but I decided to find out more. I found this website called orofacialmyology.com and I was pretty interested. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I decided to check out the 28 hour ceu course, tenderly labeled as Sandra Holtzman's "Boot Camp". I should probably let you know: my husband is a dentist, so maybe I was a little more open to what orofacial myology might have to offer to me as a Speech- Language Pathologist. Anyways, I signed up, and I went. It. was. awesome. (P.S. I am not receiving any sort of financial compensation from orofacialmyology.com for writing this post. All opinions expressed in this article are true, honest, and my own).

How Do I Correct a Lisp?

I learned a lot at that course. Prior to going to this course, I found out that I am a "class II". At the course, I learned even more. I am the PROUD owner of a stressed out mentalis (thanks to my class II). In addition, my masseters... they're like, those girls at the gym who pick up the 1 lb pink weights and still look fresh and perfectly manicured at the end of a workout. Basically, I'm not perfect, but I can still produce a pretty spot-on /s/ and /z/, despite all of this. My point, though: orofacial myology is important, and can be incredibly useful to the Speech-Language Pathologist. Also, your mentalis does not need to fit into skinny jeans. You can still be awesome and correct a lisp even with an overactive central muscle of the lower lip that is working overtime to keep your lips together even with your teeth are, apparently, not aligned perfectly. But, I digress.

lisp speech therapy interdental lisp and lateral lisp remediation

Articulation Therapy: Asking the Right Questions

Prior to this course, I wouldn't have known just how important it was to ask background questions such as, "Does your child- or has your child ever- sucked his thumb?" Prior to this course, I didn't give all the sippy cups with hard, stiff spouts at Wal-Mart a death glare. (Please recommend to parents that an actual cup, or at the very least, a cup with a soft, flexible straw or spout is being used to encourage the correct lingual resting posture). Prior to this course... I wasn't able to correct that lisp like a boss. Now, I do- and you can, too.

Lisp Remediation

I went home from Sandra's course, and decided to try her methods out. You see, I have to try things out for myself. I know you do, too. 

In order to correct a lisp, I've found that negative oral habits, such as thumb sucking, have to be eliminated prior to beginning therapy.

In order to correct a lisp, I've found that my students need to spend time realizing where the tongue should be at rest. If your student is sitting there, chilling with an open mouth posture and lingual forward positioning at rest, this needs to be addressed. Teeth shouldn't be canoodling with the tongue tip all the time. I'm just saying.

In order to correct a lisp, my students need to demonstrate proficiency with coordinated lingual movements. (I can't take credit for this, you guys! Phase one of the Myo Manual!)

lisp speech therapy interdental lisp and lateral lisp remediation

Once the foundational skills are set, my students show remarkable progress when I use techniques such as the "whispered t" and the "long t" to elicit /s/ in isolation.

When we move on to carefully selected final /ts/ words, phrases, then sentences: they are ready, because we have followed an incredibly structured hierarchy. These practice targets don't contain any competing /s/, /z/, or /th/ targets. Finally, we use co-articulation strategies and produce /s/ in the initial position of words. 

The honest, amazing truth: I've seen results. I'm so, so excited to share these therapy materials with you. I'm so, so grateful to Sandra Holtzman for allowing me to create materials based off of her techniques. 

Please... go out there, and correct that lisp like a boss.


Speech Therapy Scheduling

Speech Therapy Scheduling

Tomorrow I start seeing my students for the first week in speech. I've got some ready-to-go activities planned, including my Would You Rather...Questions and my Beginning of the Year Tic-Tac-Dough boards. This past week has been a little nuts, to say the least. That's because I've been doing all the "behind the scenes" work- setting up my room, attending beginning of the year meetings, and working on scheduling. Speech therapy scheduling is never fun, but now that I have experience doing it, I've created a "go to" checklist that I'm going to share with you.

speech therapy scheduling ideas for the school slp



 Let's conquer that tricky speech therapy scheduling once and for all.

  
speech therapy scheduling- my go to checklist for scheduling my school caseload


Speech Therapy Scheduling Checklist

Here's what you need to schedule:

1) Your speech caseload list: This should be a list with all of your students on it. Make sure you have included the IEP monthly minutes for each student. You'll want to have a quick reference available when working on your schedule. Make an extra copy of this list so you can write on it.

2) Progress reports: Pull these out of your charts if you need to, because it's super handy to be able to glance at your students and quickly see their goals. It will be helpful to know if your student has articulation goals, language goals, fluency goals, or a combination of goals, because chances are, you'll need to group students together. Consider coming up with a color coding system. I just grab markers or highlighters and color code my speech caseload list. Draw a red dot next to students working on articulation goals, a purple dot next to students with language goals, and a brown dot next to students with articulation and language goals.

speech therapy scheduling ideas for school SLPs


3) Administrative homeroom list: Ask the building secretary for a printed out list of this. You'll go through these lists and highlight any student on your caseload you find. Hopefully, you have access to a computer system where you can type in the name of your student, and immediately see what teacher they have and what homeroom they're in. Then, go to your printed out list and highlight that student.

4) A map of the school: This will be helpful too. It's nice to be able to quickly glance and see how close classrooms are together, especially if you're considering scheduling in groups. How long will it take you- or your students- to get from Point A to Point B?

5) Letter to teachers: Since you've now highlighted the homeroom lists with your students, get a scheduling letter out to those teachers. If you're only in that building one or two days a week, make sure you explain this. I like to provide my teachers with the number of IEP monthly minutes I need to meet. I explain that I need to "over schedule" minutes, if this makes sense- because there are going to be assemblies, fields trips, sickness, testing days, and meetings (just to name a few things) that can get in the way of meeting minutes. Get straight to the point- state how many blocks of time you'll need, and how long those blocks of time should be. I explain that I will always do my best to group students in classes together, but this can't always be accomplished, as the priority is to group students based on their individual goals and needs. Are there specific classes that would be best to take these students from? Are there classes that would absolutely be terrible to remove the student from? You'll want to know this.

Basically, you need to know the best, the "okay",  and the worst times to take your students, and schedule around this.

6) Sticky notes: You will both love and hate sticky notes by the end of your scheduling experience. While you don't have to use them, I've found that I need to be able to physically move the pieces of paper around as I work out where to place my students. I do this on a desk, and just give myself a ton of space. Even if I put students together in groups, I give each student an individual sticky note. Why? That group might not work out, because chances are, someone will come back to you and say, "Actually, that time doesn't work anymore..."



7) Post It Tabs: Yes, get these if you can. Remember how I talked about group scheduling? When I pair students together in a group, I put a post it tab and write "group" on it, so I can quickly see who is paired with who. In addition, I place these to the side of the sticky note when I plan on seeing that student more than once a week.


speech therapy scheduling ideas for the school slp

Oh, and p.s. ...don't forget to leave yourself time in your schedule for evaluations, medicaid billing, planning, and report writing.

8) Excel or Powerpoint: Once your schedule is in front of you (at least, the sticky note version), you'll want to type this out. I highly, highly recommend having a "week at a glance" schedule.



9) Letter to teachers (again): Once you have your schedule figured out, write out a quick note to your teachers letting them know when you'll be by to pick up their students.

I know scheduling is a headache- but you CAN do this! Please share your favorite tips and tricks in the comments below.

Speech Therapy Room Setup | Speech Room Decor

Hey guys! I wanted to give you a quick tour of my speech room. I'm pretty excited about my speech therapy room setup for this school year. Many of the labels, signs, and other speech room decor pieces are all part of my newest SLP Organization and Decor packet, which you can snag here at my TPT store!

Speech Room Setup and Decor Tour


speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

I'm so excited to have you stop in! Come on, let's take a closer look...

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor


I wanted to go with a welcoming and exciting theme this year. It's exciting because it's travel-themed with a tagline of "communication takes you anywhere". I also love how calming the blue and green color combination feels!

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

Make your first week in speech way less stressful with my Tic-Tac Dough Beginning of the Year Activities and my Would You Rather Questions!

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

Snag my free binder labels and spines for bundles here!

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

I can't wait- this year I have a specific place to put my draft reports. There will most certainly be interruptions throughout the day, and I'll know exactly where to look for my files when I need to set them aside for awhile.

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

My coworker told me about this fabulous- and inexpensive way- to reduce distractions in your room. Keep your kids focused by covering up materials stored on bookshelves with a shower curtain. I purchased the shower curtain and rings at the Dollar Tree and a pressure rod at Wal-Mart. The whole setup was around $7.



Basketball is a super fun way to motivate your students! Add some figurative language in with a quote such as "Give speech your best shot".


I like to have my "quick table games and activities" in a caddy. I can't tell you how many times throughout the day I'm looking for dice, daubers, and my "go to" card games.

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor

speech therapy room setup and speech room decor


EET expanding expression toolkit activity idea for your speech therapy room

I wrote a grant a year ago, and I LOVE my Expanding Expression Toolkit . I created this "wall decor game" and have a beachball stored in my room, ready to go. My kids request this all the time.

Finally, I have a bookshelf devoted to everything I might need while getting work done. I have a "Needs Filed" tub, but I'm extremely excited about my seasonal tub. I'm changing out the label as the seasons change with a little velcro, and it's going to be a great place to store those seasonal or holiday specific therapy materials.


Thanks so much for stopping by and touring my room! I hope you'll stick around awhile or visit me on TPT!
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